Easy to grow and full of vitamins. Nantes Half Long has slim, cylindrical, orange roots that are 7" long, 1 1/2" thick. It's been proven tops for productivity, delicious flavor and wide adaptability. GARDEN HINTS: Sow seed in deep, well-worked stone-free soil after danger of heavy frost in the spring. Do not transplant because crooked roots may result. A 1,500 seed packet sows a 40' row.
Days To Maturity
The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.
The average size of the fruit produced by this product.
The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.
The width of the plant at maturity.
The typical height of this product at maturity.
This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.
Carrots can be sown early, after danger of heavy frost is over. Sow every two weeks thereafter for continuous harvest, or simply sow a second crop in midsummer for fall harvest. In frost free areas, sow in fall.
Carrots do not like to be transplanted and are best sown directly into the garden bed. Sow carrot seeds in deep, well-worked soil in full sun. Straight roots require soil that is light, loosened deeply, and free of stones, so prepare a carrot planting thoroughly. Consider using a soil amendment such as compost if your soil is heavy. If you choose long carrot varieties, your soil will need to be worked more deeply.
Sow thinly in rows 12 inches apart and cover with ½ inch of fine soil. Firm lightly and keep evenly moist.
Since seedlings have fine leaves it may be beneficial to plant radish along with your carrot seed. The radishes will be harvested well before carrots form and act as a guide to the carrot row.
Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days.
Thin carrot plants to stand 1 inch apart when seedlings are 3 inches high.
How to Grow
Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
Deep, consistent watering and soil well-enriched with compost help carrots form high quality roots by encouraging lush leafy tops that shade the roots, helping to prevent "green shoulders."
Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote uninterrupted growth. Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
Harvest and Preserving Tips
To make harvesting easier, soak your carrot bed with water before pulling. Twist the tops off while pulling the roots up.
You can leave carrots in the ground after the first frost. In cold climates, pull carrots up before the ground freezes. In warm climates, you can harvest carrots all winter.
Cut the greens off the top after harvest to about ¼ - ½ inches above the shoulder. This will help the carrot to keep longer as the greens can take moisture from the root.
Carrots store best at 32-38 degrees F at 98% humidity.
You can store them in the refrigerator in plastic bags, or they may be blanched and frozen for later use.
Carrots may be canned or pickled as well.
Days To Maturity
2-4 weeks BLF
Carrot, Nantes Half Long is rated
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Rated 2 out of
ineffective seed tapeI planted the seed tape twice in late spring in two parts of my garden. One tape produced no carrots. The other produced only 4 carrots. The carrots were acceptable and tasty. However, the seed tape plating was ineffective.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of
Don't buy the seed tapeI bought the seed tape and planted it as recommended and only had 2 sprout. Since that, it has been replaced by seed and there are sprouts galore. Who knows what the problem is with the seed tape but after trying it for 2 years with similar results, don't bother with it.
Date published: 2016-06-16
Rated 5 out of
Great CarrotPlanted 1 row of these and grew like mad. Taste great. Froze a lot.
Date published: 2016-01-27
Rated 5 out of
Extraordinary Carrots!I used the Nantes Half Long Carrot Seed Tape in my garden this year and wished I had planted more!! The seed tape is truly amazing and worked wonderfully allowing the perfect amount of space for the carrots to grow - yielding an outstanding harvest of exceptionally sized carrots. I have tried growing carrots before in my garden but seem to always plant too many seeds and the carrots never grow correctly. The seed tape corrected all that and the results were a beautiful harvest. If anyone has never tried the seed tape before, I highly recommend it - you won't be disappointed!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 4 out of
Very Tasty CarrotThis is my first year planting carrots. I chose this one, but I had my learning time with when to pull them. I will try carrots again next season, now that I am more familar with their growth and how to care for them. For the first time, these are very good.
Date published: 2013-08-05
Rated 5 out of
I defend this carrotI live in the mountains of SW Colorado. This is the only carrot I will ever use. They turned out like the picture, except shorter, since I am using raised beds. Germination IS a little slow, like all carrots. I direct sowed two rows, about one month apart, starting in late April. (keeping the rows covered until last frost date) They were, as advertised, virtually without any woody cores, even on the ones I left in the ground until frost. The BEST thing about them is that once they reach a certain diameter, they do not keep expanding in girth and woodiness. They are beautiful and aromatic, tender, and sweetly delicious. Other varieties, like Danvers, were ugly disappointments.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 1 out of
seed tapeThis year I tried Burpeena early carrots seed tape. I planted them just like it said on the package and they are really bad. They came up really spotty and I will never try seed tape for carrots again. The beets (on the left) on the other hand came up much better. They also were seed tape.
Date published: 2010-07-01
Rated 3 out of
Odd ones theseThese carrots do taste of, carrot! They have a pretty dark colour too though they are prone to be a bit cylindrical, well, stumpy really. Best to harvest early, certainly here, as they can go a little woody but not bad at all.